Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices. It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.
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The cold slows
us all but it doesn’t stop us!
Ever wonder how those ice sculpture people do those great
carvings? We learned this past month
that they don’t use ordinary chain saws. We took advantage of those few days
above freezing and the lower water levels to remove more of the giant logs that
have caused problems in Byrds Creek, but quickly found that frozen wood can
quickly dull a chain saw. Progress
was made. With the weather
limiting our time working on outdoor projects, we’ve kept busy writing reports
and creating new powerpoints on our projects. Look for powerpoints on the Cumberland Mountain State Park
Project, and on the Lower Little Obed Project going up on our website
soon. We’ve also finished the
write up on the Lower Daddys Creek
watershed where we conducted the stream assessments this
summer and fall. We’ll be
presenting this information publicly both in Fairfield Glade and at Common
Ground. Watch for
announcements. While the cold
weather won’t be over for a while, we’ll be taking advantage of warmer days to
work on various projects in February - lots of opportunities to get out in nature and lend a hand and a couple
of great educational opportunities as well!
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
OWCA is going to begin honoring an individual in the community each month who is making a contribution to protect and enhance our environment. To make a nomination, contact Angela Damron at 931-210-3605.
Stream Assessment Project
Having taken a break from stream assessing to wait for deer
hunting season to end, we began contacting landowners along Potters Creek,
Rocky Branch, and Procter Creek for permission to walk across their land. We
had a great response and despite the weather were able to get out one day at
the end of the month. On
days that it was too cold for being outside, Billy Hensley completed the write
up of the Lower Daddys Creek, and we got all our data into the mapping program
so that we can see the location of all the interesting points where
observations were made. We will
soon put these map images into a powerpoint so that we can present the
information to the public.
January Through the Rearview
Clear Day for Birdwatching!
A group of five hardy souls went out on January
16th to look for birds at Tansi and on nearby roads. Lots of ducks
of various kinds were on the Tansi lakes.
There were fewer birds seen in the fields than expected because of the
cold weather, but the group was thrilled when it returned to the cars in Tansi to
have a fly-by by one of the Bald Eagles that are living in Tansi! These are magnificent birds and
one of the great success stories of recovery by a species that was on its way
to extinction. If you’ve never
seen one yourself, spend a little time near Lake Tansi and have the experience.
Lower water in January gave us the opportunity to get back
in the water and do a few things to adjust and complete some parts of the
project. One day was spent placing
more rock to further strengthen and stabilize the rock vanes we had installed
that had been tested by the late November, early December rains.
State Park Work
Other days were spent cutting up some of the larger logs that had been
difficult to get to before, but had been moved by the high water. In addition, more photographs were
taken to document the work and to prepare a powerpoint presentation on the
project. Finally, plants were
ordered for late February or early March planting in the stream banks. Thanks to
Scott Collie, and Jennifer Howard for their work in the cold water!